Be a superhero week was as fun as always, and I actually found loads of literacy activities for this unit that allowed it to be even more educational of a unit than years before. However, this was the first unit that I did this year with Aria that I felt like we were finally aging out of. We had a blast but everything we did would be far too easy to do again next year, so while we enjoyed the week, it is time to say goodbye to the superheroes and simply leave them for play now.
The best activities of the week were definitely the literacy and science activities, as I think Aria got a lot out of both. The sensory activities were fun and Skylar enjoyed being able to take part in them, but they were definitely easy and more for fun than learning. For this unit, many of the activities we used were from a massive superhero packet we found at firstgradewow.com, who did an amazing job coming up with all sorts of literacy, math, science, and art activities. Her unit is a must to check out. I also loved the sight word snappers activity and this year made sure to save some Dollar Store popper fireworks from the 4th of July so that we could really enjoy this activity. The girls absolutely loved the activity!
One of my best suggestions for any unit, but one we really benefitted from when it came to this unit is trying to consistently check out consignment sales and stores for school gems. I’ve found loads of good stuff over the years, but science kits are one of the best things Ive been able to find, and I found a really amazing and unused “Top Secret” science kit that was perfect for this week. We pretended we worked for SHIELD and were trying to figure out how to stop a bad guy who used science to create evil in the world. What a blast and a great learning opportunity. So I highly suggest loading up on science kits when you find them and storing them away for the perfect moment.
We didn’t just focus on superheroes this week but also on how to be a superhero to people around us in the community or our homes. We colored and wrote a book about how we are all superheroes, we talked about how to be superheroes to each other and Aria wrote about how Skylar was a superhero to her because she is a sweet sister (which was just the cutest). Aria also read a book to her sister and we went through their toys and picked out items to donate in the process of moving Skylar into Aria’s room and actually making a schoolroom. We’ve continued doing our Fruits of the Spirit rocks from earlier in the year and this week luckily overlapped with filling our jar the second time. So we also talked about how showing the fruits of the spirit in our lives and to others makes us superheroes!
If you’ve never done this unit with your child but they love superheroes, I can’t recommend it enough. My girls are obsessed with anything superhero and play with our box of superheroes almost every day, so it was great to set them up to look at their box of superheroes now and think about how they can also be superheroes. While I of course am glad we had a chance to so thoroughly review our letters and sight words, if there is one lesson I hope is most effective this year, it is how to be good human beings in their community and in our home. I can’t wait to see what sort of superheroes my children become someday and hope they always take every opportunity to help those around them.
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Jessica and Ana
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